This was the last day of the bear study for me and I was going it "alone"... and that would be the end of it for me... the last official tie... complete.area and removed the bait and Jess asked if we could stop there to eat. Sure. Why not. Why was I in such a hurry to get off the mountain? We ate in virtual silence as Bandit played in the water. I cleaned up our mess and told Jess to head back to the trail with me since we were only a half-mile from the trailhead. We continued down the hill in silence.
Before I knew it I was at the end... or the beginning I suppose?... I collected the last bait station and we crossed the creek in our shoes. We all piled into the car and headed back. They slept on the way home and that was ok with me because I felt the urge to hide within myself... marvel at the joy that I recently felt as I gallivanted from mountain to mountain for days on end.
...the end of things... things, even while appreciative, you still find tht you didn't appreciate as much as you should have.
After we got home the skies finally caught my mood and the clouds let slip their hold on the rain. It was ok... rain masks so much.